On October 25, 2019, Halia Alexandra Radiuk passed away in Edmonton, Alberta days shy of her 64th birthday. Halia was born in Montreal in la belle province of Quebec on October 29, 1955. She was a fiercely independent person; having moved to Toronto at an early age to pursue her studies and eventually settling in Edmonton where she established her family, and took every opportunity to remind them of how much she loved them, and established her 34 year career in education as an elementary school teacher, becoming known as “Pani Radiuk” to thousands of students, and as a curriculum consultant for languages with the Edmonton Public School Board.
Halia is survived by her two children; Mila Adare and Marco Jacuta. Daughter to Maria and Alex Radiuk (predeceased).
Despite being mourned by numerous family & friends, she will be most remembered for her kindness, generosity, empathy, and compassion towards others, her energetic, vivacious and playful demeanour, her friendly nature, and her boisterous and contagious laugh.
Halia valued her roots, something which she never forgot herself or forgot to impart on anyone she met. Because of how much she valued her heritage she imparted on her children a deep understanding of their ancestry and culture; whether that be the family’s Ukrainian origins (never failing to teach them their language and never missing an opportunity to speak “po nashomu”, or imparting her multicultural Montreal roots by doing her part for national unity by enrolling her children in French immersion from kindergarten in Alberta. In all cases, she would never be shy from repeating her mantra “don’t forget where you came from”.
The funeral (Похорон і Панахида) will be held in Edmonton at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 2, 2019, at St. Andrew’s Ukrainian Orthodox Sobor (9831-75 Street, NW) followed by the interment at St. Stephen’s Cemetery (20303 Meridian Street, NW).
In lieu of donations or flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Edmonton Women’s Shelter.
Vichnaya Pamyat! Eternal be her memory, and may she rest in peace.